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jumbleThink tells the stories of dreamers, makers, innovators, and influencers who are impacting culture and changing the world around them. We interview leading actors, entrepreneurs, authors, athletes, and taught leaders to hear their stories of chasing big dreams. Along the way, we share tips on how you can turn your own dreams into reality too. Our host, Michael Woodward, has worked with hundreds of businesses to help them refine their ideas and create their big dream.
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We all have the 'dream' career. The one that seems just a little too impossible to become reality. But what if your ideas could be the foundation for the dream job? What if you could make a living off your ideas? Jeffrey Madoff believes it is possible to turn make a living off your ideas. He recently released a new book 'Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas' to explore that idea. By weaving the stories of successful creatives and lessons in his own life, he helps to teach us how ideas can be the foundation for the life of your dreams.In today's conversation we talk about the power of wonder, creativity, living a fulfilled life, and how you too can create your ideas. Quote: In business, a brand is a story well told. ‘ Jeffrey Madoff.Jeffrey Madoff is the founder of Madoff Productions, based in New York City. Jeff is considered a storyteller and incisive interviewer. He has used those talents to help position major brands such as Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Radio City Music Hall, and the Harvard School for Public Health. Jeff began his career as a fashion designer. He was chosen one of the top 10 designers in the U.S. then switched careers to film and video production. He has since expanded his reach to include teaching, book and playwriting, and theatrical producing.He is an adjunct professor at Parsons School for Design, teaching a course he developed called “Creativity: Making a Living with Your Ideas”. Every week Madoff has a conversation with a guest from a wide variety of fields, from artists and entrepreneurs to venture capitalists and business leaders. A book about his class, entitled “Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas”, was published by Hachette.Jeff has been a featured speaker at Wharton School, NYU Steinhardt, North Carolina State, SXSW Brazil, Google Next and many others.He has written and is producing a play based on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, Lloyd Price. Its world premiere will be at People’s Light Theater.Jeff graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in philosophy & psychology. Madoff was also on the wrestling team, which combined with his academic studies prepared him for a life in the film and theater business.LinksMadoff Productions:
Have you ever seen posts about the 'Jet-Setting Lifestyle' and thought to yourself, that looks amazing but I could never do that? Traveling around the world in private jets, staying in the best hotels, freedom at your fingertips. It sounds like luxury and lifestyle only found in your dreams.But more and more business owners, top executives, and families are seeing as more that a luxury, it's about safety. How we travel, where we travel, and how to make that business and vacation travel safe and reliable is at the top of everyone's minds. What once was about is now about safety and convenience.Private aviation is finding a new uptick in a Covid and Post-Covid world. We sat down with Nick Tarascio, the second generation CEO of New York based Ventura Air Services and a license jet pilot to learn how individuals are both using charter services for travel and even taking it a step further and purchasing their own private planes. After seeing a decline in business at the start of Covid, he and the Ventura team are now seeing a rapid growth of private air travel. And while private air travel might not be in everyones reach, it's surprising just how affordable and attainable it can be to take a chartered flight or even make that dream of owing your own plane a reality.For Nick air travel is more than just a lifestyle, being a pilot has taught him how to be a better person. He has taken the lessons he learned and applies what he calls a 'Pilot Mindset' to the aviation, business, and personal world.In today's conversation we talk about travel in the age of Covid, the business of owning a jet (or even a fleet of jets), entrepreneurship, how to have laser focus, and how it's more affordable to own a plane than you could ever imagine.LinksVentura Air Services: https://ventura.aeroFacebook:
We all go through seasons where we question what we believe. Many things can trigger these questions of faith and convictions. Some completely loose their belief structures. Others make a rediscovery into a deeper faith. All who go through this journey struggle with the pain, doubt, depression, and loss that is felt through the process.But what happens when your faith is public and part of your career? What happens when it's a pillar of your message? We sat down with Grammy Award winning rapper Lecrae to hear about the deconstruction of his religion and how he rediscovered a faith in Jesus through the brokenness. Lecrae also shares this journey in his new book 'I Am Restored: How I lost my religion but found my faith' along with documenting his rediscovery journey in his documentary 'The Road to Restoration.'Throughout the episode we weave through his journey covering topics including music, faith, Christianity, race, rediscovery, depression and mental health, and how we can build a better community within our churches across the country.Lecrae has collaborated with John Legend, Tori Kelly, YK Osiris, Hulvey, and countless others. He has won two Grammy Awards and eight Dove Awards. In 2015 he became the first rapper to win the BET Award for Best Gospel Artist. Beyond music, Lecrae is a social activist asking hard questions about race, fatherhood, and homelessness.LinksLecrae's Website: https://lecrae.comLecrae's Book 'I Am Restored'
Small businesses across the country are struggling through the pandemic. New York City may have been hit harder than any other city in the United States. While certain industries have survived this season of shut downs, the world of entertainment has been especially hit hard. Dani Zoldan is the co-owner of Stand Up NY, a comedy club in Manhattan. But they aren't sitting by just hoping that one day someone will rescue them. Instead the team at Stand Up NY has been creating unique solutions to the shut down. From pop up shows on the back of pick up trucks to shows in Central Park to shows on subway cars, they are helping the mental health of individuals all throughout the city while giving comics an outlet to share their gifts.But Dani hasn't stopped there. He has been a voice for small business sharing his story and the story of other businesses on media both locally and in the US. Beyond being a voice for small business and comedy he has also helped to bring resources to comics in the city. Most recently he is helping comedians find health care for their needs with a partnership with Kamin Health.In today's episode we talk about small business, health care, comedy, government, and navigating the complex times of Covid-19.Stand Up NY: https://www.standupny.comDani on Twitter:
Recently I started to reassess what I believe. What I believe in business and my personal life. One revelation was that I believe in People over Projects. As a dreamer and idea maker it's easy to lose my way and forget why I chase those ideas and dreams. In business it's easy to get hyper focused on a client project and website I'm building and loose sight of who I'm building it for so that I can get the project wrapped and get paid.In today's episode I explore what it means to be People over Project base. Early in the conversation I talk about my personal experience with people based versus project based organizations. We continue to explore how this plays out in business by looking at objective/tasks and how that impacts our view of those working within a project.Later in the episode I give 7 reasons by people over projects are important for dreamers and idea makers and how it changes the process creating our ideas and dreams.
Over the past few years the topic of Mental Health has been intensified because of the Covid and Opioid Pandemic. Many who never struggled with depression or anxiety have been overwhelmed by emotions that are overtaking their lives every day. Community of faith are now wrestling what this means within their churches and synagogues. Everyone knows someone who suffers from anxiety, depression, or another form of mental illness, but a stigma around mental health remains--especially in the church. As a pastor and licensed psychotherapist Ryan Casey Waller has taken on the relationship of mental health and faith while addressing the role of self-care, compassion, and restoration.Ryan isn't just looking as this from a clinical and professional point of view. He is also a co-sufferer in the journey of finding health not only for others but also for himself. In today's conversation we look at the realities facing Depression and Anxiety and how the faith community can help bring hope and help for those struggling.Links:The book:'s Website:
Creativity and passion are hard to define and often even harder to keep doing year after year. Yet Switchfoot not only was a part of the soundtrack of our youth they also continue to stay relevant in our ever changing world. 25 years later they are reshaping how they connect with fans during the global pandemic.In today's conversation we sit down with Switchfoot's Jon Foreman to discuss how he continues to stay passion filled and creative all these years later. We talk about his upcoming solo album 'Departures' which is a sound track to help navigate the last year of loss and lament. Later in the conversation Jon shares about Switchfoot's new adventures of Covid Concert series 'Fantastic Not Traveling Music Show' and their upcoming live streaming event 'Live from Petco Park.' One of my favorite parts of the conversation is when Jon and I chat about how unexpected situations can often lead to hero moments.LinksSwitchfoot & Live from Petco Park: https://switchfoot.comJon Foreman & the 'Departures' Album:
Have you ever had what you thought was 'the next big idea?' Maybe you have been mulling over a dream that has stuck with you for years but never chased it. There are many reasons we hack our dreams and set ourselves up for failure.Kary Oberbrunner set out to find an 'Unhackable' method for closing the gap between dreaming and doing. It become his mission for over 6 years to discover if humans could become Unhackable. He explored neurobiology, art, science, technology, education, athletics, the military, and business. At the end of his exploration he emerged with an answer. In today's conversation we dive deep into the lessons he learned along his journey to discovery. We talk about boon, decision making, claiming the promise, and how you can take 30 days to rewire your life to create an Unhackable way forward for your dreams.Book:
Many people would expect an NFL Player's passion to be fulfilled in football. Playing, watching, and talking about the game. But just like any other job, it's often not the driving factor for a player. But along the way, it's easy to forget who you are and what you stand for. Ultimately wearing a 'mask' and playing the part you think others expect from you.Sam Acho faced these fears and the pressure to perform the expected way. While at the peak as a professional football player, he struggled to let others see the true person he was. Not only did this impact him, but it also impacted those around him. As he finishes his football career, he now addresses the lessons he has learned along the way in his new book 'Let the World See You' In the book, Sam helps you break free from society’s perceived limits and embrace the freedom of living as the genuine you. By sharing lessons and interactions with others throughout his life, Acho reveals how you can overcome your fears and discover the freedom of living as the genuine you.Throughout the conversation Sam shares stories on how football and faith have impacted his life. And while football was his career, it was his faith that helped him find himself and filled him with the passion and purpose that fulfills everyday life.Sam is an NFL player, writer, public speaker, and humanitarian. A linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he speaks widely at colleges, events, conferences, and churches, and also co-hosted the podcast, Relevant Is Doing a Sports Podcast. The founder and president of Athletes for Justice, he is a vice president of the NFL players association and a graduate of the University of Texas and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.Links
Christmas to many is the most wonderful time of the year. As the song goes, 'There'll be much mistltoeing, And hearts will be glowing, When loved ones are near, It's the most wonderful time of the year.' But one of the staples in every holiday rotation is the Christmas Movie. There are even a few major TV networks that have defined their brand by the seasonal movies they play, almost year-round.Today's guest Lauren Swickard not only stars in a new Christmas Movie on Netflix, but she also created, wrote, and produced it. Her real-life husband and “General Hospital” star Josh Swickard stars opposite her in the movie. 'A California Christmas' is coming to Netflix on December 14th. The movie was also one of the first feature films to be produced during the Covid-19 pandemic.Lauren has quickly established herself as a powerful woman in film. She has written and sold multiple original screenplays throughout her short but impressive professional career. Lauren’s next endeavor is her role as lead writer and producer for “Casa Grande” - an episodic series she created that is scheduled for distribution in early 2021. The hour-long serial narrative drama follows an ensemble cast through the intertwining lives of various families in the farmland of Northern California. In today's conversation, we learn about Lauren's indirect route to becoming a writer and actress, the art of writing screenplays, how to find inspiration in story, the importance of story to communicate humanity, and much more.LinksA California Christmas:'s Instagram:
When you think of women's sports you might think of soccer, figure skating, basketball, track and field, or gymnastics. But when was the last time you thought about professional women's football? If you are like me, most likely never. But there is a growing movement of women playing elite football. Adrienne is one of the women but her journey is so much deeper. She's bringing together sports, education, and entertainment to create something special. As a football player, she has won multiple national championships. As an entertainer, she has acted in shows like 'Orange Is the New Black.' And in education, she has used her entrepreneurial skills to launch 'Blitz Champz.'In the conversation today, Adrienne shares her story of how she went to Columbia for an MBA only to discover that there was a place for her to pursue football. We talk about the state of women's football and how it is maturing into something pretty special. Later in the conversation, we talk about her passion for entrepreneurship and how education drives the mission of the businesses she builds. Amazing brands like Blitz Champz, Gridiron Queendom, and Harlem Hip-Hop Tours.Join us as we cover a lot of ground and get inspired by the life of Adrienne Smith.LinksWebsite: http://www.adriennethe10.comTwitter:
If you have ever traveled or live in a city you most likely have used a rideshare app like Uber or Lyft. They are convenient, affordable, and easy to use. Most of the time it's a great experience that is beneficial to both the rider and the driver. However, one question comes over time and time again. How safe are rideshare apps and what are companies like Uber and Lyft doing to create a safe space for everyone that uses these tools?Syed Gilani and the team at Safr felt like they could answer this question and build a better App for women and others who don't feel safe using the existing tools. In today's conversation, we chat with Syed about how their approach to rideshare is creating the safest, most secure riding experience in the industry. He answers the question 'Why truly reliable and safe transportation for women is so hard to find?' He also shares the complexity the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the rideshare space.Later in the conversation, we discuss the world of startups, app development, startup funding, entrepreneurship, and more.Linkshttps://www.gosafr.comToday's episode is sponsored by Flocksy. Flocksy is your source for graphic design, web development, and video editing all in a monthly subscription. Visit to get 10% off your first month.
Often our lives lead to places we never imagine. It could be an unexpected opportunity, a class that we took that sparks a new interest, an accident that leads to a different path, or a million other little things that open a new door. Ben Milliken has had that kind of unexpected journey that has led to success in acting. Ben Milliken was raised on the northern beaches outside Sydney Australia. Ben had planned a career as a boxer and was an amateur boxer for 10 years. After studying the world of TV and Film at On Camera Studio, he stepped into the world of acting. In 2008 Ben starred in the independent feature film, Newcastle which debuted at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. He then moved to Los Angeles to continue his pursuit of acting and began landing roles in multiple films and television projects including Blue Crush 2. More recently Ben stared in Amazon’s hit show ‘Bosch.’ He also was in ‘Mighty Oak’ playing the character ‘Darby.’ LinksBen's Instagram: Oak: https://mightyoakthemovie.comToday's episode is sponsored by Flocksy. Flocksy is your source for graphic design, web development, and video editing all in a monthly subscription. Visit to get 10% off your first month.
Often we live life hiding from the dreams and ideas we have. Most of the time it's because we don't really know who we are. Our identity can often be masked by insecurities and failures. In today's episode, Josh Cary shares how he went from hiding to an entrepreneur helping others find their true self. When we answer the question of identity we can find true confidence and a place of belonging. By finding your true voice you can step into the fullness of how you can impact the world.LinksJosh's Website: https://podmax.coJosh Cary spent 40 years in hiding! That’s right. He was hiding every aspect of himself and showing up with a ‘mask’ on in all areas of life trying to gain the approval of everyone else.At 19, he changed his name and entered into, what would become, a 15-year career as a professional actor and filmmaker. The applause and external accolades didn’t completely heal his feelings of anxiety and insecurities and he found himself more isolated than ever.Today, Josh is the co-founder of PodMAX (an On Air Brands company), a podcast production and media company that provides training and events catered to entrepreneurs who have a meaningful message to share.Josh is also an accomplished podcast host of two shows with over 200 combined episodes.
Somewhere along the way, we lost our sense of story. We traded it in for better models, systems, and data. But the world is longing for story again. People are looking for the stories that pass on gathered wisdom, reveal our identity, convey responsibility, instill values, and uncover the truth.Robert Fergusson has a passion for story. It's the method in which he communicates messages which help to bring clarity and impact into the lives of those he teaches. In his new book 'Are You Getting This', Robert shares 20 techniques to help you rediscover the power of story in your own life. He teaches how you can begin to incorporate the craft of storytelling back into your own life.In today's conversation, we discuss the importance of story in our culture today and how the rediscovery of the art of story is something that is needed more than ever. It helps us to explore and share ideas that matter and ultimately helps us to spark changes in our thoughts and actions. Join us as we ask the question 'What story are you telling yourself?'LinksBook: Are You Getting This - Robert FergussonRobert Fergusson has been part of the teaching team at Hillsong Church for the last 30 years. He is English by birth, Australian by choice, and European by taste. He has seven growing grandchildren, three married children, and one patient wife. He is a biologist by training but dislikes the color green. He is a teacher by calling but hates marking. He loves traveling, reading, photography, and coffee. For over 40 years, he has taught people how to live in order to please God. He and his wife currently live in the parrot-filled suburbs of Sydney.
Finding your purpose can seem like an impossible task. Yet there is this internally calling that each of us feels in which we believe were we created for something. But how do we go from 'a feeling' to a roadmap to step into our full purpose? In today's show, Mark Delaney shares how we no longer need to wonder if we will stumble into our purpose. Instead, we can clearly know it and have a path forward. This purpose leads us to find impact in our lives and in the lives of those around us. It takes vulnerability, being confident in ourselves, overcoming the false answer of pride, knowing what to trust, and ultimately the willingness to step out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. It's time to live a life that matters.Mark and his wife Adena are on a mission. Their belief is that "We all have a great purpose. We can know it clearly and be set free to pursue it boldly!" They created a program called The Purpose Mastermind. This is a 4-week program that enables people to clarify their major life purpose and be set free from any mindsets that hold them back from boldly pursuing it. In the last couple of years, they have become empty-nesters and they are committed to spending the rest of their lives empowering others to live a life of purpose. LinksMark Delaney's Website: https://markdelaney.meToday's episode is sponsored by Flocksy. Flocksy is your source for graphic design, web development, and video editing all in a monthly subscription. Visit to get 10% off your first month.
Design is much more than how something looks or functions. It's the process of bringing the analytical and creative together to innovate and create. Robert Niemiec and Twisthink are helping some of the leading brands to find a new approach to their process by incorporating a 'human-centered' sense of design. Their approach brings together design, technology, and strategy to help design a better future not only for the brand but also for the people it serves. 'Innovation is not an event, it's a process. It's a process that needs to be woven culturally into every organization.' - Bob NiemiecRobert Niemiec is Managing Partner at Twisthink, a digital innovation partner working to help companies bring their new products or services to life. Through hands-on partnerships fueled by strategic insight, human-centered design, and advanced technology, Twisthink empowers each of their clients to imagine, develop, and launch exciting new user experiences that “their” customers will love!For nearly 2 decades the Twisthink team has consistently unlocked game-changing opportunities for clients in a broad range of markets including residential, industrial, healthcare, automotive, manufacturing, and many things in between. Because at Twisthink, they’re not tethered to industry paradigms or mired by the day-to-day constraints of those industries. They flow between industries and can spot consumer, design, and technology trends that affect them all. They’re entirely devoted to creating the ideal user experience, which allows their customers to become leaders in their industries and accelerate growth.LinksTwisthink:
In the last several generations there have been shows that have defined and informed the culture around us. One of those shows was 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.' In today's conversation, Daphne Maxwell Reid joins us to share what it was like to be 'Aunt Viv' on the show. We chat about the upcoming 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: 30 Years Later' reunion coming to HBO Max on Thanksgiving weekend. We also talk about her career as an actor working on shows including Hill Street Blues, The Love Boat, and The A-Team.Later in the conversation, we dive deep into Race, Religion, photography, finding joy in life, using your giftings, fashion, and more.LinksDaphne's Website: https://www.daphnemaxwellreid.comToday's show was sponsored by Flocksy. Flocksy provides unlimited projects by a vetted creative team for a flat monthly rate. Video editing, graphic design, writing, web design, and more. Visit to get 10% off your first month with a 14-day money-back guarantee.About Daphne Maxwell ReidPeople know her as "Aunt Vivian" from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". But she is also a photographic artist, author, and designer. In sharing her photographic art she hopes to inspire a childhood sense of wonder and curiosity with her four published books of doors from around the world. She has also published a mini-memoir in the form of a cookbook, entitled Grace, Soul & Motherwit.
Investing in real estate can be overwhelming and feel like it's unattainable. But what if there was a way that you could find an 'Infinite Bank' to help you reach your dreams? In today's episode, Christopher Larsen shares his story of how he found financial independence through education and investment. It's time to make money 'work for you' instead of you working for your money. In his book 'Next-Level Income: How to make, keep, and grow your money using the 'Holy Grail of Real Estate' to achieve financial independence' we learn how we can all take control of our lives, our money, and our dreams simply by learning about opportunities that we never knew existed. Chris shares his very personal story of how loss propelled him to a better way of living and gave him a reason to live an intentional life. It's time to stop waiting for one day. It's time to start investing in the life you want to build.Christopher Larsen is the founder and Managing Partner of Next-Level Income, through which he helps investors become financially independent through education and investment opportunities. Chris has been investing in and managing real estate for over 20 years. While completing his degree in Biomechanical Engineering and M.B.A. in Finance at Virginia Tech, he bought his first single-family rental at age 21. During his subsequent career in the medical device industry, Chris expanded into development, private-lending, buying distressed debt as well as commercial office, and ultimately syndicating multifamily properties. He began syndicating deals in 2016 and has been actively involved in over $150M of real estate acquisitions. In addition to real estate, Chris has invested in equities, oil & gas, and small business lending, as well as being active in Venture South, one of the nation’s Top 10 Angel Investing groups. Chris lives with his wife and two boys in Asheville, NC where he loves spending time with them in the outdoors and enjoying the food and culture that the region has to offer.Link:
When founders typically start a business they feel like they have to do everything in the business themselves. Sometimes it's control and other times it's all about the budget. Nate Hirsch faced the same challenges when he built Free Up. But instead of doing it all on his own or hiring really expensive employees, he built his own way using virtual teams to help build his business. He quickly grew Free Up to a multimillion-dollar business and now he has done what many dream of doing by selling the business that continues to grow and do well today.In a Covid world, most businesses are now having to rethink how they approach staffing and staying safe. Nate shares some powerful tips on how you can build your business all while doing it remotely. He also shares some tips on how you can approach staffing in unique ways.Later in the episode, he shares what he is doing today as he builds Outsource School.LinksOutsource School: https://www.outsourceschool.comFree Up:
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